The next milestone in the already illustrious career of Jason Benetti will be a big one.
Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reported this morning that the White Sox play-by-play announcer has been invited to call Baseball at the Tokyo Summer Olympics later this summer.
The White Sox and ESPN have permitted Benetti to step away for the opportunity.
At just 37 years old, Benetti has already built an impressive resume. He first discovered his passion for broadcasting while growing up outside of Chicago.
He attended Syracuse University where he further cultivated his talent behind the microphone. While at Syracuse, Benetti announced for the school’s lacrosse and basketball teams.
Benetti later attended Wake Forest and continued to call basketball games while also expanding into baseball and even high school football for the local cable channel.
ESPN hired Benetti after college. He continued to garner praise through his work announcing college basketball games.
In 2016, Benetti first started filling in for Ken (Hawk) Harrelson calling White Sox games. Fans quickly gravitated to his fun, relatable style and the near-instant chemistry he had with Steve Stone.
Benetti took over play-by-play responsibilities full time for the White Sox in 2019 following Harrelson’s retirement.
The Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off on Friday, July 23, 2021. This will be the first Olympics to include baseball since 2008.
This opportunity is a major one for Benetti and one that is truly deserved. It’s a testament to his continued hard work and skill behind a microphone.
On behalf of all White Sox fans, we congratulate Jason Benetti on this accomplishment and cannot wait to see and hear him on the biggest stage in sports!